Strike at Joan Harrison pool complex ends

Coach Joe Hilstrom is pleased that the Joan Harrison complex strike is over.
Coach Joe Hilstrom is pleased that the Joan Harrison complex strike is over.
Image: MIKE LOEWE

A weeklong strike that saw the Joan Harrison pool complex closed to the public has ended.

Sources said the strike involved a pay issue and that lifeguards were involved, but BCM spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said the details were a matter “between management and labour”.

“The pool is open again,” Ngwenya said.

Asked why there were ripped out cupboards cluttering the entrance and the men’s changing room, he said these were awaiting “disposal” in accordance with internal procedures.

“The pool has been opened and staff are working,” he said.

“It is business as usual. We would like to apologise to all those who were affected and inconvenienced during this period.”

A visit to the complex on Tuesday found that workers were cleaning the pools, and coach and activist Joe Hilstrom was back training his swimmers, one of them a 67-year-old woman who said she had started swimming from scratch, had lost 20kg and was ready to compete in the masters division.


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